March 20, 2012

Review: Barefoot Season By Susan Mallery

Barefoot SeasonPaperback, 400 pages
Expected publication:
March 27th 2012
By Harlequin

ARC provided by Netgalley
Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.

Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.

Single mother Carly has weathered rumors, lies and secrets for a lifetime, and is finally starting to move forward with love and life. But if the Blackberry Island Inn goes under, Carly and her daughter will go with it.

To save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle will undertake a turbulent truce. It’ll take more than a successful season to move beyond their devastating past, but with a little luck and a beautiful summer, they may just rediscover the friendship of a lifetime.

          My Thoughts: 

     Give me an S-U-S-A-N!! What does that spell?! Susan! LOL. I know it's corny. But I'm one of her cheerleaders and I have to cheer for Barefoot Seasons. Like all the other books Susan has written, this one didn't disappoint me. Even when Barefoot Season's main concept was more based about friendship and coping with PTSD then it did in the romance department. But don't for one second believe that's there no romance in this book, because there is. It's just more subtle. Once I finished reading this novel, as always Susan left me wanting to continue reading her Blackberry Island series.'

     My heart went out to Michelle, wanting to run away from her problems, she enlisted in the Army. But running away from your problems isn't going to solve anything. Because as she settled back into civilian life, her problems escalated to something much more serious. Now having to put her best foot forward and face life head first, she must swallow her pride and do what she dreads the most.

     I really liked this story. Barefoot Seasons is the only book I've read that's about a female Army vet. Susan wrote Michelle's part so well that I felt like hugging her at times and comforting her. I also enjoyed Carly's character, she was spunky just like Michelle. When both Carly and Michelle were on the same page together, I knew someone was going to blow up! That's what you get when you put two strong minded women together in one room or should I say one page. Throughout the story both characters show growth, and I promise you will definitely be pleased with the ending. A story well written! Barefoot seasons is a 4 out of 5 stars! A definite Good Choice for reading!


  1. I also love Susan's work and have yet to get this book. Thanks for the review. I'm glad to see she hasn't lost her touch.

    1. Tanya- This book is out on shelves on March 27th. I think you should check it out! I really enjoyed it.


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